In 2015, District 6310 started a Rotary Hero of the Year honor, acknowledged at the April district convention and receiving a certificate.

Each club nominates its Rotary Hero based on his or her longtime service to the club and to his or her community.

The 2022 winner from the Rotary Club of Saginaw is Janet I. Martineau.

She joined the club in 2009. Paul Harris +1. Secretary: 2010-2017,  2020-2024. Committees: Centennial (oversaw creation of new club logo and customized badges), golf scramble, Saginaw on Stage concerts, Friday Night Live hot dog booth, grant writing. 

Began club’s Facebook page in 2011: Write and post stories about our speakers and activities; have taken and posted upwards of 900 photos of our speakers and activities; in 2022 began live Facebook broadcasts of some of our speakers. 

Administrator of club webpage: researched and wrote eight site pages on home page (club history, our legacy of giving, bios on charter members, Camp Rotary development, etc.); write homepage stories with photos; maintain membership roster with member photos. Write press releases for club. 

Perfect attendance: 2014-2016.

Community service: served on boards of Riverside Saginaw Film Festival, Creative 360, Roethke Home Museum, Friends of Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge, Saginaw Hall of Fame, Chippewa Nature Center. 

Have volunteered and/or served on committees/special events for Saginaw Bay Symphony, Saginaw Choral Society, Saginaw Art Museum, Saginaw Habitat for Humanity, Junior Achievement, East Side Soup Kitchen, Saginaw Arts and Enrichment Commission, Midland Center for the Arts, Saginaw Children’s Zoo, Art Serve Michigan, READ Association, Saginaw County Spelling Bee, Great Lakes Bay Great Read (book dealt with bullying). Was a big sister in the Big Sister/Little Sister program.

Retired from 40 years of working at The Saginaw News.